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The Golden State and The Lone Star State

From 1989-1991 our family lived in Tallahassee, FL–host community to Florida State University.   Head football coach, Bobby Bowden, lived around the corner from our church and worshiped with us occasionally.  His Seminoles destroyed the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Fiesta Bowl of 1990.   The next spring, Nebraska Head Coach, Tom Osborne, turned his squad over to his assistants, swallowed his pride, came to Tallahassee,  and observed Bobby’s spring training to learn how he did it.

Ironically, the next year, NE and FSU met in the Orange Bowl for the national title and FSU won by a whisker.  No blow out this time.   And Osborne, who had never won a title, won two championships before he retired.

Our most populous state and second largest both in acreage and in number of residents are a study in contrast.    One is bankrupt and the other is thriving.   Texas Governor, Rick Perry, was on FOX after the mid-term elections and spoke about the hundreds of California companies who relocated in the Lone Star State just since January 1, 2010.

Why have these businesses done this?   Because Texas does not punish success with high taxes, and it is business friendly which means, among other things,  Texas does not over regulate.   Texas has also learned what California has not–no state or nation, no matter how wealthy, can support a huge welfare program.    The late Milton Friedman pounded on this during the Reagan Administration.   Bill Clinton was dragged into this conclusion by Newt Gingrich and the new Republican Congress elected in 1994.   Clinton signed Welfare Reform which assured his second term and led to a stronger economy.

What did California do in the mid-terms?    Returned the ultra-partisan Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate and Jerry Brown to the Governorship.    Brown could learn as Tom Osborne did by leaving spring training (also known as the transition time) in the hands of staff and fly to Austin to spend time with Governor Perry.   The leaders of New York and Illinois, states also headed for insolvency, might consider the same.

However, pride will prevent this.   Besides the Far Left lives in denial and does not believe in the Texas approach.   But this is key to our recovery beginning in 2011 under the Republican House and in 2013 when the GOP captures the Senate and the White House:   We must not bail out CA, IL, NY or any other state.   First, we cannot afford it.   Second, this is buying drinks for the alcoholic.   It will go right on.   They must take the cure if they are to recover.

My father is a WWII marine.   He has the biggest hand in the county and was not afraid to employ it when I needed discipline.   I did not like it at the time but now thank him for it.   The adult grown ups are in the GOP.  They must discipline the adolescent Democrats in CA, IL, NY and beyond.    If not these children running around disguised as adults will never grow up and they will ruin the country.   Are all ready to be led by real men and women?   Churchill told Britain he had nothing to offer but blood, toil, sweat and tears.   The Brits got behind him and they were vital to stopping the Nazis as we prepared to enter WWII.  

Demosthenes (384-322 B.C.)  was a Greek statesman and orator.   He was asked how Athens could halt their decline.   His answer was both simple and profound and sage advice for our land today as well.   Demoshtenes said,  “Stop what you are doing now.”  Are we ready to stop what we are doing  now?   I hope so.


The Radical, Incompetent Left

I once dealt with a totally incompetent United Methodist bishop.    Some called her evil.   I generally replied that in order to be evil one has to be bright enough to know the difference between right and wrong.   I also suggested that if someone knew nothing about the role of bishop, observe what this woman did, do the opposite and they would come out ahead.

Many are beginning to draw the same conclusion about President Obama.   We hear he is very bright and very cool.   Perhaps, but it is hard to think he has common sense or any wisdom.   He said the 800 Billion dollar stimulus package would keep unemployment below 8 %.   It now stands near 10.   Obamacare would bend the cost of health care down.   The CBO has now concluded it will cost much more than estimated.   At a time of high unemployment he pushes a radical agenda on Cap and Trade which will further cost jobs.  And we are already crushed with debt. It is hard to think of much where the President has been right or wise.

Obama  turns his back on allies like Israel, and distances us from friends like Britain and France but holds a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon after the leader of our neighbor to the South trashes our land.  Beyond that he joins the Mexican President in piling on Arizona.  In the summer of 2009 Obama stood by silently while Iranians protested corrupt elections and said nothing when a young Iranian woman was gunned down by their radical regime.  

Beyond all this he seems not to care for the nation he purports to lead, apologizes for our land at every opportunity, ignores the will of the population and seems determined to weaken a great people.   One part of this is especially dangerous–Obama’s stance on Israel.    Nations that stand with Israel stand.   Those who do not–fall.

Let us take a speedy trip through history.   The Amalekites attacked Israel constantly from the time of the Wilderness Wanderings in 1500 B.C.   They have disappeared from history.   So have the Edomites and other ancient peoples who stood against God’s Chosen.   Mighty Mesopotamian Empires, the Assyrians and Babylonians are gone.   Persian Prime Minister, Haman, sought to eliminate the Jews and was hanged around 480 B.C. in the time of Esther, Hebrew Queen of Persia.   The greatest of the Empires, Rome, destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and scattered the Chosen to the 4 winds.  Rome fell and today no nation speaks the language of the Empire, Latin.

In modern times, the Nazis sought to kill all the Jews in Europe.   Hitler said his Reich would last a thousand years.   It lasted thirteen.   The U.S.S.R. sided with the Arabs against Israel.   The Soviet Empire is gone.   It is never a fair fight when one stands against Israel because as Nehemiah said in the face of their enemies in 445 B.C., “Join us.  Our God will fight for us.”  (Nehemiah 4:20)

American Presidents from Harry Truman until now have always stood with Israel.   Our troops helped liberate the Jews from the Nazis in 1945.   President George W. Bush was called as fine a friend as Israel has ever had.   Now  President Obama distances our nation from Israel,  appears quite content to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, and rudely treats Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, when he recently visited the White House.   No State Dinner for Bibi.   What happens to nations who fail to stand up for God’s Chosen?   They Fall.   What is happening to our Land?   We are weakening economically, morally and socially.

Frederick the Great of Prussia once asked one of his priests to prove the Bible was true in one word.   The priest replied with great wisdom, “The Jew, Your Majesty.”   “The Jew.”   Whatever God’s People have faced at the hands of great and lesser empires, they have survived.   Those who persecute the apple of God’s eye find themselves in the dust bin of history.
Like the erstwhile bishop, I would suggest to a new President, watch Obama and do the opposite, and you will come out ahead.    But it is easy to change churches when one is led by radicals and incompetents.  There are many alternatives.    But leaving one’s country is not an option.   There is only one America.  

Well what to do?   First, be unafraid to speak up and to stand for liberty.  Do not fear pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes.   Our Founders had that kind of courage.  Second, support sensible conservatives like Ken Buck for the U.S. Senate in Colorado and Bill Brady for Governor of Illinois.  Third, let us check our own moral compass and pray for personal wisdom as leaders of our families.  And finally, let us also pray for national renewal.   Pray for national leaders who also pray AND who stand up for Israel–come what may. 

I heard a leader in my church say once, “When a nation turns from God, He withdraws His wisdom from their leaders.”   We live in that day, but it is not too late to call back the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.   “Restore us to Thyself, O Lord, that we may be renewed.”   (Lamentations 5:21)   Dear God, may it be so!!